Co-op staff support Ruby Slipper Day

Staff at the Co-op in Denmead will be dressing up in red on Friday 24th May, taking part in The Rowans Hospice Ruby Slipper Day.  Pictured is: (l-r) Julie Styles, team leader, Tony Mills, deputy manager and Jenny Harrison, customer service assistant.  Picture: Sarah Standing (131310-6428)

Staff at the Co-op in Denmead will be dressing up in red on Friday 24th May, taking part in The Rowans Hospice Ruby Slipper Day. Pictured is: (l-r) Julie Styles, team leader, Tony Mills, deputy manager and Jenny Harrison, customer service assistant. Picture: Sarah Standing (131310-6428)

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STAFF at the Co-op in Denmead will be rocking in red for charity.

Workers at the store in Hambledon Road are taking part in this year’s Ruby Slipper Day to raise money for The Rowans Hospice.

Team leader Ali Davison said: ‘We’re a supermarket which has a real focus and strong emphasis in supporting and promoting local charities, events and organisations that are based within the community.

‘The Ruby Red Slipper Day is a day where we as a store can do just this and we are keen to get our store and community involved.

‘The Rowans is vital in the work it does, and we feel the individuals and their families it supports on a regular basis are truly significant.

‘In order for the staff and volunteers to maintain the outstanding work they do, they require help from companies like ours.’

Each year people are encouraged to wear red and have red-themed events to raise cash.

Ali added: ‘On the day of the event we are going to have all our colleagues wearing something red in order to highlight the event and they will also be making a £2 donation each as their individual, personal way of supporting The Rowans Hospice.

‘Various areas of our store will be decorated in red and we will be encouraging customers to donate towards this cause. Balloons and lollipops will also be available to our younger members of the community, and of course, they will be red.

‘We are aiming to have a successful fundraising day.’

Schools, businesses and organisations are all being encouraged to wear red and raise money on May 24.

People donate £2 or more, which goes to the Purbrook hospice – alongside organising other fundraising events.

The day was originally organised to help raise money to launch the hospice at home service.

Last year the service, which gives terminally-ill people the choice to spend their lat days peacefully at home, was agreed to run permanently after a pilot scheme.

Now the hospice needs to raise £500,000 a year to keep the hospice at home service going.

To register to take part, visit rowanshospice.co.uk, email fundraising@rowanshospice.co.uk or call (023) 9223 7142.

If you’re planning on wearing red, or organising an event, email details to priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk or call (023) 9262 2130.

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